When Stone's men rob the stage, Deputy Bates (Edmund Cobb) catches Breed Hawkins (John Merton) only to be killed by him. Stone (Karl Hackett) makes a drunken Pecos Kid (Rex Lease) think he did it. Bill Carson (Tim McCoy) gets a confession that Breed was the killer but it comes too late as the Sheriff and his posse had already hung the Kid.
August 11, 2011 Subject:
west of the pecos
if after 10 or 15 minutes you're asking yourself if this movie is going to pick up some the answer is it won't.
slow with mediocre acting and nothing for dialogue, not much scenery, no beauty, and a meandering plot line this certainly doesn't have much to offer.
August 9, 2011 Subject:
Not your grandfather's shoot 'em up
A dark western with a more complex plot and more character development than usual for a B-oater. If it had a better cast and a few more shekels in its production budget, it might have become one of the first adult westerns (adult as in serious, not as in lurid), in which traditional action takes second place to the plot. There is some action in this one as a result of the plot - not as a reason for the plot. Stars stony-faced Tim McCoy supported by Rex Lease, Harry Worth and a large cast. Directed by the ubiquitous Sam Newfield.
If you're looking for blazing six-guns, stunt-double fistfights and riding to the rescue on horseback, look elsewhere. But if a screenplay with a bit of meat on its bones sounds interesting, check this one out. Though its acting isn't always up to snuff, it gets four stars for effort.
Four minutes are missing. It's uncertain if this the result of lost footage or a second-release edit. The video is okay. The audio is noisy at times, but not impossibly so.
PRODUCTION NOTE: Between 1926 and 1957 legendary B-movie director/writer/producer Sam Newfield directed 273 films and 17 TV productions. He also had writer and producer credits for about a dozen films. Most of Sam's work was for PRC, headed by his brother Sigmund, who had 138 producer credits on his own. (Busy guys!) As the case may be, you can admire or boo Sam's work here at IA in "The Flying Serpent," "Dead Men Walk," "Hold That Woman!," "Nabonga" (with his daughter in a minor role), "The Kid Sister," "The Black Raven," "The Mad Monster," "The Lady Confesses," "The Monster Maker," "Crashing Through Danger," "White Pongo," "Prairie Pals," "His Brother's Ghost," "Ghost Patrol," "Code of the Cactus," "Border Caballero," "Aces and Eights," "Jungle Siren" and "The Contender." I've probably only missed a few dozen.
PERSONAL NOTE: I was attracted to view and review "Lightnin' Bill Carson" because of its title. Somewhere out there on a forgotten VHS tape is a western so incredibly bad its title card is misspelled as "Lighting Bill." Watching it is an unforgettable experience, and a must for fans of directors like Ed Wood and Phil Tucker. Pray it can be found and uploaded. Its IMDB page is here: